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B448 - Rename the country Bill 2012

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    B448 - Rename the country Bill 2012, internetguru

    An act to rename the country Britannia to make our nation sound better on the world stage.

    BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

    Part I: Rename the country
    (a) The country shall be renamed 'Britannia'.

    Part II: Legislation changes.
    (a) All new legislation will now have the name Britannia rather the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland or other similar names. For example 'This bill shall extend to all Britannia; and shall come into force immediately following Royal Assent'

    Part IV: Commencement
    (a) This bill shall extend to the United Kingdom; and shall come into force immediately following Royal Assent
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    This is not thought through, money spent on re-branding if this passes

    The Transport Secretary should be concentrating on Transport, where is the Transport Bills?????
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    At a time like this, is this the best thing to be thinking about?
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    No. This seems like a pointless and nationalist Bill.

    "To make our nation sound better on the world stage"
    Seriously? The first thing that comes to mind is the Central African Republic briefly naming itself the Central African Empire for prestige reasons. Unsurprisingly, that was a complete faliure
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    Lol, no. When I saw the title I thought it was going to be from barnetlad.
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    I always get confuzzeled with these things, is Britain technically even a country? or are the constituent countries countries and the Britain thing is just some kind of imperial hangover?
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    So, Great Britain would just become Britannia? Seems fairly pointless a change.
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    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    Lol, no. When I saw the title I thought it was going to be from barnetlad.
    This.
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    (Original post by Alofleicester)
    So, Great Britain would just become Britannia? Seems fairly pointless a change.
    We're not even called Great Britain, it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Britain is the name of the largest land mass on the UK.

    How about we rename ourselves the Great Empire of Britannia? That'd "make us sound [even] better" as the bill put it.
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    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    We're not even called Great Britain, it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Britain is the name of the largest land mass on the UK.

    How about we rename ourselves the Great Empire of Britannia? That'd "make us sound [even] better" as the bill put it.
    urgh, really? were called that? fml.

    just go back to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ffs, none of this imperial bull, and for the love of god, drop the word "great" from the name, I know a lot of people in this country are arrogant sods but do we really need to make it quite so obvious to the rest of the world? surely history gives them enough reason to despise us as is.
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    (Original post by SciFiBoy)
    I always get confuzzeled with these things, is Britain technically even a country? or are the constituent countries countries and the Britain thing is just some kind of imperial hangover?
    Great Britain stands in contrast to Lesser Britain, which is Brittany in France, and often just gets shortened to Britain (it's not just a boast about how awesome Britain is, it refers to the fact Great Britain covers a greater area than lesser Britain!). Britain is not a country, but rather, the shorthand for the island which contains Scotland, England and Wales. It is the largest of the British Isles, the second largest theoretically being Ireland, although for political and social reasons calling Ireland one of the British Isles is not a good idea. The reason for that is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is often called Britain, which, while not strictly speaking correct, is still enough to put off the Republic of Ireland from wanting to be one of the British Isles as it does make them sound like our possession.
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    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    We're not even called Great Britain, it's the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Britain is the name of the largest land mass on the UK.

    How about we rename ourselves the Great Empire of Britannia? That'd "make us sound [even] better" as the bill put it.
    Ah right, once we get past Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & England I tend to stop caring. It's somewhat of a trivial matter IMO, which is why I was also surprised this didn't come from barnetlad.

    It would, however we don't really have an Empire. I recommend Sassanachland as the new name.
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    (Original post by SciFiBoy)
    urgh, really? were called that? fml.

    just go back to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland ffs, none of this imperial bull, and for the love of god, drop the word "great" from the name, I know a lot of people in this country are arrogant sods but do we really need to make it quite so obvious to the rest of the world? surely history gives them enough reason to despise us as is.
    Have you never read your passport (especially all the pretentious stuff about "Her Britannic majesty...)?

    Agreed, if we're going to stay as a united kingdom then we should just call ourselves the "United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland". Although I'd imagine that would get a lot of criticism from a lot of pompous, pretentious people.
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    (Original post by Alofleicester)
    Ah right, once we get past Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland & England I tend to stop caring. It's somewhat of a trivial matter IMO, which is why I was also surprised this didn't come from barnetlad.

    It would, however we don't really have an Empire. I recommend Sassanachland as the new name.
    We could just call what we have currently an empire. Anything that would make us sound better, eh?

    I hope Scotland get independence so we can call ourselves the Democratic Socialist People's Republic of Scotland.
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    Lol No. Waste of money and unnecessary.
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    A new age of imperialism is dawning and it our birthright as Englishmen to divide and conquer. We must kick start this new era by claiming a new name, a new national anthem and a new attitude. We alone have the iron will to dominate this new world, it is time to stop our inevitable decline and once again rise up to lead this new world. All hail Britannia!
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    (Original post by davidmarsh01)
    Have you never read your passport (especially all the pretentious stuff about "Her Britannic majesty...)?

    Agreed, if we're going to stay as a united kingdom then we should just call ourselves the "United Kingdom of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland". Although I'd imagine that would get a lot of criticism from a lot of pompous, pretentious people.
    don't have one not been on holiday abroad since been old enough to need one.

    I care little for the whining of suck people at the best of times tbh
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    (Original post by internetguru)
    A new age of imperialism is dawning and it our birthright as Englishmen to divide and conquer. We must kick start this new era by claiming a new name, a new national anthem and a new attitude. We alone have the iron will to dominate this new world, it is time to stop our inevitable decline and once again rise up to lead this new world. All hail Britannia!
    Yes, very good.
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    (Original post by internetguru)
    A new age of imperialism is dawning and it our birthright as Englishmen to divide and conquer. We must kick start this new era by claiming a new name, a new national anthem and a new attitude. We alone have the iron will to dominate this new world, it is time to stop our inevitable decline and once again rise up to lead this new world. All hail Britannia!
    NEWSFLASH: were not the great power we used to be.
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    I thought barnetlad was the MRLP MP?

    EDIT: Also, internetguru, please remember that some of those living in "Britannia" are not, in fact, Englishmen.
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